March 11, 2013

I will decide later whether I will contest 2014 general elections-PM

Publish date/time: 10/03/2013 [09:45]

Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has said that he has a lot to do at the moment and he will decide later on whether he will contest the 2014 general elections.

When questioned by Fijivillage, Commodore Bainimarama said a lot of reforms still need to be completed.

"There has been a lot of requests thrown in my directions for me to stand in the next elections and to be part of a political party. But as I have also said I am preoccupied right now with the constituent assembly, with the constitution. And of course with the reforms, we don't have much time to complete the reforms that we had decided on. Just today, the doctors turned up to my office with a lot of issues that would affect the reforms in the ministry of health. Some we can deal with overnight but some would after five years to complete. That's why with some of the issues we need to look at in terms of reforms that have to be completed by the time we have elections. My time is preoccupied right now with all those reforms and of course the need to have them completed at least by elections because the last thing we want to do is have them changed.”

According to Commodore Bainimarama, he is worried that the proposed parties that have applied for registration are just aiming to get into power to change everything that has been implemented since December 2006.

"I’ve had a look at the some of the members at political parties that are going to stand for the elections and Fiji should be worried about this, about the membership of the political parties. What are they going to bring to Fiji with regards to the political issues. I fear that most of them are standing just to come and change the things that have put in place in the last four-five years and Fiji should be worried about the caliber of people that are going to stand. Fiji should be worried about the caliber of political parties that are going to register or that have registered because in some of these people, we could see through them, you know exactly what they going to come and do and who knows, they not going to come and continue with the work that we have been doing in the last four-five years." 

When asked whether he will decide on whether he will contest in the elections next year, he maintains that he will tell the people of Fiji when he is ready.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

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